Mark Reeves is a R&B/rock singer/songwriter based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Like some kind of caffeinated single malt whiskey, Mark Reeves’ acoustic roots-rock goes down smooth and easy, but packs a powerful kick that can’t help but move you. From the infectious, jangly roots-pop anthem The Way to the playful lascivious title track, Mark’s album, Sure is a Pretty Name (2004) is a top-down, full throttle romp through twelve songs of hope, heartache, and gutsy good humour. His third solo record, this clearly his most mature, and none have come close to capturing the frenetic, vivacious rapture of a live Mark Reeves performance the way his new studio album does.
Pierre Guerin, former artistic director of the famed Winnipeg Folk Festival and past president of the North American Folk Alliance, agrees, “Mark is not only at ease performing, he owns the stage, even more impressive is the attention and care he pays to his craft as a songwriter”.
Mark is one of those artists who’s been around, building steam, making records and touring in support of some of the world’s best-known roots artists. Turning heads because of youthful talent, he won a scholarship to Boston’s Berklee College of Music at 19, paid his dues in the blues clubs, made a record with Los Lobos producer Keith Keller’s at Keller’s mansion in New Orleans, won a sackful of awards, and warmed up stages for everyone from Robert Cray and Blue Rodeo to Colin James and Jesse Winchester.
“I wrote most of these tunes over a three week period in a backwoods cabin in Canada with no electricity and no road access,” says Reeves. “I wanted to create something a bit more laid back than before, something that would leave people with a real good feeling”.
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